Anna Cairney

Visiting Assistant Professor of English
Interim Writing Center Director


Dr. Cairney is a professor, communications practitioner, and developmental editor. Her background is in trade publishing, and in supporting the written communication of rising executives. An experienced writing consultant, language advisor, committee member, mentor, and professor, she excels in applied collaborative communication. She often finds her home in the writing center.

In her previous position, Dr. Cairney was decorated for her teaching, scholarship, and service as an Assistant Professor of Communicative Arts, receiving the Civilian Service Commendations Medal. She was awarded for her work with course directors to design and implement effective writing, providing invaluable writing support across academic programs. Dr. Cairney also developed the writing coach program, providing critical oversight of the quality of editorial feedback received by students.

Dr. Cairney enjoys applying theoretical concepts to practical applications, specifically with the communication capabilities of artificial intelligence. Her scholarship explores the ways writing is produced using collaborative inputs.


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School of Liberal Arts


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